October 19, 2020

Mexico's government resolves dairy product dispute cases


Mexico's government has started to resolve several cases involving major food suppliers over dairy products pulled from shelves over standard breaches, with pending issues to be resolved immediately, Reuters reported.

On October 13, Mexico announced 20 dairy goods were not allowed to be sold. These include US-based Mondelez International Inc and Mexican firms Grupo Lala and Sigma produced cheese products, as well as France's Danone's yogurt.

Ricardo Sheffield, head of Mexico's consumer protection office PROFECO, said agreements have been reached with Lala and Sigma over their product issues.

He said the office will be working to resolve what can be done, adding that meetings have been arranged with representatives from various companies.

The issue around Danone products is more complicated as two yogurt products produced by them allegedly make misleading claims about their product properties. Sheffield said he had discussed with Danone company representatives.

Earlier this week, the Mexican government said violations revolving around cheese products include products that claim to be 100% milk but used vegetable fat to replace milk, or used a lower net content than claimed on the product packaging.

Sheffield said he will meet with representatives from Mondelez on October 19 to talk about labelling issues for their Philadelphia branded processed cheese (does not include cream cheese).

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the government does not want to damage the companies but rather protect the health of the public.

-   Reuters